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"drill" in British English

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drillnoun [C]

uk   /drɪl/ us   /drɪl/
  • drill noun [C] (REGULAR ACTIVITY)

an activity that practises a particular skill and often involves repeating the same thing several times, especially a military exercise intended to train soldiers: In some of these schools, army-style drills are used to instil a sense of discipline. a spelling/pronunciation drill

drillverb

uk   /drɪl/ us   /drɪl/
  • drill verb (MAKE HOLE)

[I or T] to make a hole in something using a special tool: Drill three holes in the wall for the screws. They are going to drill for oil nearby.
  • drill verb (PRACTISE)

[I or T] to practise something, especially military exercises, or to make someone do this: We watched the soldiers drilling on the parade ground.
[T usually + adv/prep] to tell someone something repeatedly to make them remember it: It was drilled into us at an early age that we should always say "please" and "thank you". He drilled the children in what they should say.
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(Definition of drill from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"drill" in American English

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drillverb

us   /drɪl/
  • drill verb (CUT A HOLE)

[I/T] to cut or dig a hole into something: [T] First, drill a small hole in the board.
  • drill verb (REPEAT ACTIVITY)

[T] to make someone practice a skill by repeating the same thing several times: The teacher drills them in arithmetic every day.

drillnoun

us   /drɪl/
  • drill noun (TOOL)

[C] a tool or machine that cuts or digs into something to make holes
  • drill noun (REPEATED ACTIVITY)

[C/U] practice involving repetition of an activity in order to improve a skill, or a particular occasion for such practice: [C] For homework, complete the drill on irregular verbs on pages 30 through 35.
(Definition of drill from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"drill" in Business English

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drillverb [I]

uk   /drɪl/ us   NATURAL RESOURCES
to make a deep hole in the ground with a special machine in order to look for oil, gas, etc.: drill for sth The report discussed to what extent foreign companies should be allowed to drill for oil.
drilling
noun [U]
The bill will ban shoreline drilling for oil and gas under the lake beds.
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(Definition of drill from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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